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Middle Georgia Schools To Get $15M From Race to the Top
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Four Middle Georgia school systems will get a total of more than $15 million from the Race to the Top grant during the next four school years.

Bibb, Jones, Peach and Pulaski schools will benefit from the federal school-improvement grants. Bibb will get the largest chunk, more than $13 million.

According to the state Department of Education, Peach will get nearly $1.2 million, Jones about $570,000 and Pulaski about $338,000.

The Bibb County district says Superintendent Sylvia McGee and other representatives from Bibb County attended a meeting at the Georgia Department of Education about the grant.

They say allocations for the 26 participating districts are based on the federal Title I formula, which counts the number of needy children in the district.

According to the GaDOE, that means Bibb County will receive $13,297,398 during the next four years.

The district says each school system will have to present a Scope of Work by Oct. 25 detailing how they plan to spend the money. The GaDOE will then submit that to the U.S. Department of Education for approval. After that, the first money will be awarded to the districts.

"We will be developing a plan that is within the district's capacity and is sustainable past the four years to continue improving student achievement," says Interim Deputy Superintendent for Teaching & Learning Kathy Reese.

 

The four education reform areas identified by the GaDOE are:

  1. Recruiting, preparing, rewarding, and retaining effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most; 
  2. Adopting standards and assessment that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy;
  3. Building data systems that measure student growth and success, and inform teachers and principals about how they can improve instruction; and
  4. Turning around our lowest-achieving schools.
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